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New ways to discover and navigate comments in Google Sheets

What’s changing

Now in Google Sheets, you can:
  • Review comments and conversation threads in a sidebar.
  • Apply filters to find the most relevant comments for getting your work done when a document is highly collaborative.
  • Page through comment threads in a document in the comment overlay.
Use the new comments sidebar to see all the conversations happening in a spreadsheet. Quickly reply, resolve, or create new conversations in collaboration with your colleagues.
In highly collaborative spreadsheets, apply filters in the sidebar to find the most relevant feedback (for example, comment threads that need your response).
Take action directly in the sidebar when tasks are complete, or conversations have been resolved.
Use the new navigator to progress through comments in the spreadsheet.

Who’s impacted

End users

Why you’d use it

Collaborating with teammates is more important than ever, and comments are a powerful way to discuss and collaborate wherever you and your colleagues are, and whenever you’re working. By making it easier to review, respond to, and resolve comments in Sheets, it’s easier to collaborate to create more impactful data and analysis.

Additional details

With these new changes, you now have easy ways to see and navigate all comments in a spreadsheet by clicking:
  • The comment icon in the Appbar.
  • The “open all comments” item in the sheet tab.
  • The “open” from any comment anchored to a cell.
  • A new button in the comment overlay that allows you to page between comment threads in a document.

Getting started

  • Admins: There is no admin control for this feature.
  • End users: This feature will be ON for everyone.

Rollout pace

  • Scheduled Release domains: Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility) starting on June 16, 2021


  • Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers.


In the Works – AWS Region in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

We are currently building AWS regions in Australia, Indonesia, Spain, India, and Switzerland.

UAE in the Works
I am happy to announce that the AWS Middle East (UAE) Region is in the works and will open in the first half of 2022. The new region is an extension of our existing investment, which already includes two AWS Direct Connect locations and two Amazon CloudFront edge locations, all of which have been in place since 2018. The new region will give AWS customers in the UAE the ability to run workloads and to store data that must remain in-country, in addition to the ability to serve local customers with even lower latency.

The new region will have three Availability Zones, and will be the second AWS Region in the Middle East, joining the existing AWS Region in Bahrain. There are 80 Availability Zones within 25 AWS Regions in operation today, with 15 more Availability Zones and five announced regions underway in the locations that I listed earlier.

As is always the case with an AWS Region, each of the Availability Zones will be a fully isolated part of the AWS infrastructure. The AZs in this region will be connected together via high-bandwidth, low-latency network connections to support applications that need synchronous replication between AZs for availability or redundancy.

AWS in the UAE
In addition to the upcoming AWS Region and the Direct Connect and CloudFront edge locations, we continue to build our team of account managers, partner managers, data center technicians, systems engineers, solutions architects, professional service providers, and more (check out our current positions).

We also plan to continue our on-going investments in education initiatives, training, and start-up enablement to support the UAE’s plans for economic development and digital transformation.

Our customers in the UAE are already using AWS to drive innovation! For example:

Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) – Founded in 2006, MBSRC is home to the UAE’s National Space Program. The Hope Probe was launched last year and reached Mars in February of this year. Data from the probe’s instruments is processed and analyzed on AWS, and made available to the global scientific community in less than 20 minutes.

Anghami is the leading music platform in the Middle East and North Africa, giving over 70 million users access to 57 million songs. They have been hosting their infrastructure on AWS since their days as a tiny startup,. and have benefited from the ability to scale up by as much as 300% when new music is launched.

Sarwa is an investment bank and personal finance platform that was born on the AWS cloud in 2017. They grew by a factor of four in 2020 while processing hundreds of thousands of transactions. Recent AWS-powered innovations from Sarwa include the Sarwa App (design to market in 3 months) and the upcoming Sarwa Trade platform.

Stay Tuned
We’ll be announcing the opening of the Middle East (UAE) Region in a forthcoming blog post, so be sure to stay tuned!


Security Assessment

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A proper assessment of an organization’s security posture must be performed at the network level and at the OS and application level. Below are some sample questions that are asked and evaluated with a risk profile based from ALE (annual loss expectancy), or consequences as it relates to a (EF) exposure factor with Risk/Breach.

A countermeasure is a security control that is strategically designed to eliminate a vulnerability or at least reduce the likelihood of a vulnerability being exploited. The value of implementing countermeasures is the mitigation of potential risks. The costs of countermeasures involve more than just monetary allocations. There are several areas that need to be assessed and evaluated regarding countermeasure implementations, such as:

  • Network Level Security

  • Cloud-based

  • Hosted-Based and OS

  • Application layer

A Configuration Management Database (CMDB) is a repository that acts as a data warehouse for Information Technology (IT) installations. It holds data mapped to a collection of IT assets commonly referred to as Configuration Items (CI), as well as to descriptive relationships between the assets.

* Can you create some diagram to visualize this process? Even hand drawing will work. I can make the graph in PowerPoint or something.